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The steamboat is expected to wake up to snow on Monday, as temperatures dip early in the week



A view of Pearl Lake in North Routt County as seen from pilot Joe Wilkins’ 1975 Skymaster plane. Higher elevations, such as at North Routt, could see a few inches of snow by Monday morning.
Dylan Anderson / Steamboat Pilot and Today

The Yampa Valley could wake up with snowflakes as the high elevations will likely receive a second dose of snow so far this season, although it likely won’t last very long.

A first storm front will move through Sunday evening, likely starting with rain. This will be followed by a secondary wave which will be much colder from midnight which could bring snow showers until the early hours of the morning.

“I think of the snowflakes, maybe down to the valley floor,” said Mike Weissbluth, local meteorologist who runs the forecast website SnowAlarm.com.

He said he would expect a few inches at high elevations like atop Mount Werner, but even that would likely melt before midweek. The storm is coming from the Bearing Sea, which contains more cold air and sea ice this year, leading Weissbluth to have an optimistic outlook for the ski season just over two months before it begins.

“This storm came from the Bering Sea and mixed with cold air from the North Pole region,” Weissbluth said. “That’s why it’s so cold.”

This storm will bring temperatures well below the average high of 70 degrees that the Yampa Valley typically sees at this time of year. The National Weather Service predicts a high temperature for Monday of just 56 degrees, with a low temperature for later in the night, close to 22 degrees.

“It’s about 15 degrees below average, which is significant,” Weissbluth said. “We’re getting another dry rush of cold air Monday night, and it’ll be clear skies, so we’re probably looking at the low 20.”

The National Weather Service issued a Monday night frost watch for Routt County, including the lower valleys and as far west as Craig. Colton said that means meteorologists expect there to be large areas where temperatures drop below zero for more than three hours.

“Usually what we look for is 28 degrees or less for a late season frost,” said Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. “It could really end a lot of outdoor gardens that people cultivate.”

Colton said that on average, Steamboat Springs has its first night below 28 degrees – its first “hard freeze” – around Thursday. Although it is colder than average, it is not unusual to have a frost at this point of the year, he said.

After cooler and slightly below average temperatures expected on Tuesday, a high pressure system is setting in over the region, keeping skies relatively clear for the remainder of the week. This will help things warm up, as well as the return of seasonal temperatures by Wednesday.

“It’s going to start to heat up pretty quickly,” Colton said. “It’s just kind of a hiccup – a quick reminder that winter is on its way – and then we’ll bounce back in beautiful fall weather.”

It is expected to remain relatively calm for the remainder of the week, with long-range models currently seeing a storm in the Gulf of Alaska that could come this way but could also miss the area, Weissbluth said. Currently, the patterns look like this whirlwind storm that would impact Steamboat sometime early next week, although that may change.

Weather conditions currently change from summer to winter, which Weissbluth says will likely continue until mid-November, when the winter season really arrives.

As this transition continues, he assumes that snow that falls in September or early October will melt before winter really comes, while snow that falls towards the end of October has a chance. to take off.

“I like to watch how long the snow stays on the trail if we get heavy snowfall,” Weissbluth said. “For me, I watch how it affects mountain biking. Heavy snow in mid-October will likely end mountain biking season, but before that we’re probably still fine.